For individuals suffering from arthritis and knee pain, Premier Clinic is now proud to offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment to combat this. PRP treatment for knee arthritis takes full advantage of the natural healing properties found in blood and utilises it to repair damaged tendons, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and even bones.
Although not typically thought of as a standard treatment, platelet rich plasma treatment for arthritis can help to alleviate any issues. In fact, more and more individuals are opting for this particular procedure to treat orthopaedic problems. The most common problem it is used for is knee osteoarthritis but PRP can potentially be utilised to address other joint problems.
How it works
A clinically-based treatment, PRP for arthritis involves a bit of blood being drawn from your body, which is then put into a centrifuge to be prepared. This special machine helps to break down the components in the blood and helps to separate the blood cells, platelets and serum. These are then re-injected into the knee area to assist in the alleviation of pain and minimising discomfort felt in the treatment area due to arthritis.
Depending on the individual, the composition of all components in the injection will differ and the make-up of it will be carefully considered by your doctor. This is due to the blood composition of each person being different, meaning that there are several factors to consider. Furthermore, your doctor may opt to use additives in the injection to complement its effectiveness, which can enhance the healing powers of PRP.
The role of platelets in PRP treatment is to secrete growth factors and proteins that can increase the rate of tissue regeneration, promote cell division and improve overall healing. If considered in isolation, platelets do not actually possess any specific healing properties.
Plasmas also mostly consists of water, but as the liquid platform that carries the blood cells, it also carries nutrients like proteins, glucose, antibodies and other healing components that can repair cell damage.
PRP injections for knee osteoarthritis has been shown by research to be a more effective treatment compared to hyaluronic injections, with two study groups of patients undergoing each treatment. In the majority of cases, patients will begin to feel the healing effects and notice progress after about two to four weeks following treatment.
Once it begins to take effect, you should notice your joints improving in function while the pain will also be greatly reduced. Furthermore, cartilage damage can be delayed or even repaired depending on your particular condition. Inflammation, if any, should also begin to subside while there should also be a delay of the onset of osteoarthritis. PRP treatment can help to increase the amount of lubrication of joint fluids, which can ease any pain felt caused by joint friction.
PRP treatment for knees may not be considered suitable if you are currently pregnant or anaemic. Select skin conditions and active infections could also be factors for not being suitable for treatment. Do get in touch with our team to schedule a consultation session with our highly experienced doctors to determine if PRP treatment is right for you.